Scotland pushing ahead with hydrogen power


In Energy Voice today:

‘The Scottish Government has recently set out the opportunities for hydrogen in its Energy Networks Vision and is now mapping locations in Scotland where hydrogen projects are best suited.  With Germany already operating the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled train, it would be great if Scotland could be next in line! Hydrogen buses are operating in Aberdeen and will be soon be in Dundee. A passenger ferry powered by fuel cell technology is under construction at Ferguson Marine in Glasgow, and on the Orkney island of Eday, the SurfnTurf project brings together two power sources – tidal and wind – with equipment (ITM Power electrolysers) to convert and store energy as hydrogen and ultimately used to power ferries.’

In what Unionists might think is an SNP campaign extract, Simon Williams, Legal Director, Energy and Infrastructure, Gillespie MacAndrew LLP, writes:

The Scottish Parliament certainly sees potential for jobs, the economy, the environment and the well-being of all of us by acting now to meet climate targets. The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill has just completed stage 1 and there is an acknowledgement that investment in and support for innovation, knowledge exchange, technology transfer and support to key sectors such as agriculture and transport will be vital to meeting the targets.

The Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) estimates current projects with significant hydrogen and fuel cell (H&FC) content in Scotland are worth more than £100m, with £70m of this based in Orkney. The latest project for these islands is the ReFLEX project which will use a new Virtual Energy System (VES) to link and monitor electricity, transport and heat systems powered by local renewable energy, to enable the charging of flexible storage and battery technologies.

Earlier pieces here on the gas:

Aberdeen leads way in Hydrogen-based transport

Aberdeen’s second hydrogen refuelling station opened on Tuesday. The city now has a station in the north and in the south of the city which can now refuel buses, vans and cars despite the differing pressure required for…

World’s first renewables-powered hydrogen ferry to be built in Port Glasgow

From World Maritime News yesterday: ‘Ferguson Marine and its European partners won a bid for EU funding support that would enable the building and launch of the world’s first sea-going car and passenger ferry fuelled by hydrogen. The supported development…

‘More on hydrogen buses’ by reader Alasdair Macdonald and further comment by Broadbield

The average age of buses in Glasgow is 10 years (cf Lothian buses, municipally owned, at arms’ length, is 4 years). So, not many hydrogen powered buses there, or even mildly green ones. Glasgow is to become a Low…

Aberdeen 20: Dundee 12? The competition for Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses

The Dundee Courier, today, claimed: ‘Hydrogen-powered buses to put Dundee at forefront of green travel. Dundee is to get 12 hydrogen fuel cell buses in a bid to reduce emissions in the city as part of ambitious plans to promote…

Scotland’s cities ally to exploit hydrogen-based technologies. Scotland’s Unionist media ally to ignore it

An alliance between Scotland’s seven cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – set up to develop a wider economic and environmental strategy will focus on hydrogen-based technologies. Aberdeen already has Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses,…

Europe’s biggest hydrogen-powered bus fleet and now the UK’s biggest hydrogen cell installation are both in Scotland

With a little irony, ‘Oil City’, Aberdeen, already has the UK’s largest hydrogen-powered bus fleet. The buses hold only 40Kg of hydrogen and have a range of 260 miles. The project cost £19 million and will make…

Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses is in Aberdeen

This CNBC report doesn’t say how many buses but says that the Oil City is ‘home to what is claimed to be Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses.’ The buses hold only 40Kg of hydrogen and…

Scottish Government-funded, pioneering hydrogen fuel cell opened in Orkney

I reported earlier on the use of surplus wind energy to produce hydrogen from seawater MAJOR NEWS: World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated in Scotland after £3 million funding from SNP Government Now the final element of the system, the…

MAJOR NEWS: World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated in Scotland after £3 million funding from SNP Government



One thought on “Scotland pushing ahead with hydrogen power

  1. Alasdair Macdonald April 29, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Yesterday, in her closing speech, the First Minister made a strong declaration about climate change. This was picked up on Good Morning Scotland, where a climate change activist was interviewed and he gave a fulsome welcome to the FM’s statement. Then the interviewer came up with his ‘killer blow’ – ‘you people are talking about really drastic measures like removing all gas boilers and ending oil and gas extraction. Are these not essential for the economy?’

    With a growing hydrogen energy economy, with some adaptations to the equipment to make it appropriate for hydrogen, hen boilers can be continued to be used. The emissions would only be water. And, there would be no carbon monoxide hazard. You can expect of course the outcry,’But hydrogen is inflammable!’ Shock, horror. The gas that we currently use is inflammable as was town gas before it. We use it BECAUSE it is inflammable. Then we will get, ‘But hydrogen is EXPLOSVE’. (This provides a bit of dog whistling about the H-bomb.) Every inflammable gas is potentially explosive, if mixed with the appropriate proportion of air.

    With regard to oil and gas exploration the unionists and their Nomedia chums want it every way. We need British expertise and finance to get it out. If Scotland becomes independent oil and gas prices will plummet, so the economy will be in the grubber. Oil and gas produce carbon dioxide and contribute to climate change – this applies only to SCOTTISH owned oil and gas, whereas UK owned fossil fuels are the victims of ‘tree hugger scaremongering’, but anyway look at the pollution that China and India produce, so why bother about Scotland’s piffling amount? In fact authorise fracking!

    However, the BBC is getting all excited about THE RETURN OF THE COLONEL!!!

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